Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Lostcreeker, Aug 27, 2013.
Heading to Lenice on Friday. Any recent reports?
Be sure to measure the water temperature.
At least ONE WDFW biologist has stated that fishing during high water temperatures is hurting the trout fishery in the Columbia Basin.
Maybe we need a summer closure on a few of the quality lakes in the basin and see how that affects the fishery.
Daytime highs around 90 and lows in the 60's. A little early for prime time. Use heavy tippet and turn 'em loose quickly.
As stated, it's been hot pretty steady over here . . . water is quite warm. Heck, carp have even moved back in to river holes from the flats & back waters.
I leave the basin lakes alone this time of year. Not preaching, I just don't want to put additional stress on the fish durning the warm water peiod. The fish get fiesty again a bit later. There are better options during the high H2O temps.
I've been out on the bigger lakes lately and the trout seem to be deep as in the 20-35' depths.
Thanks all. Think I'll skip Lenice and stick with the Yak. And maybe I'll figure out how to post on the forum soon.
Go hook in some pinks using that 5 wt just one or two on light gear would make up for the drive and baking in the sun over East since you live up North
I really enjoy your thoughtful posts, Vlad. Could you connect me with the WDFW biologist or at least his/her report.
It was Jeff Korft out of Ephrata. It was almost a decade ago at a public meeting that I had the discussion with him. I hope he remembers his comment. It would be interesting to find out if he has changed his opinion in the past few years.
I think a summer closure for the Lenice chain makes sense. It would always be an easy way to cut down on poaching during the summer since a vehicle in the parking lot would almost always be a poacher. June 15th to September 15th would be my preferred dates.
The other closure would be Dusty Lake. That one could match the Quincy lakes closure.
As an aside, a summer closure on eastern WA lakes isn't unprecedented. Jameson (put-and-take regs) is closed July 5 - Sept 30. I'm curious why you would eliminate a fall fishery on Dusty? The Quincy lakes close July 31.
I would change the Quincy lakes closure to July 5th through September 15th. I would include Dusty just for ease of management. Remember this is just a test to see if it works. So five years max to see the effect. Quincy Lakes does have the issue of fisherman/hunter conflicts in October.
The basin is going to change dramatically in the next decade or so. Grant County is just starting to boom and given their economic advantages in green energy, fiber-optic network, cheap land and labor, and good transportation network. The Europeans have seen the "green" future and it is in Moses Lake!!
All those "rural" basin lakes are going to be urban fisheries in the not so distant future.
As I recall, back when the Lenice Chain opened up it was on a split season....opened with the lowland lakes, closed during the summer then reopened maybe Oct. 1st to Nov. 30th. I wonder why they changed it.